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Risk or Retreat?

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Last night during a particularly vivid dream, I noticed that in television and movies there are often very specific musical themes that accompany specific characters. The main character in particular often has two key themes or variations that follow him or her through the movie. One is the inspirational, “on the path” theme. The other […]

Loneliness

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How is it that we could be living in a time with so many humans, with extraordinary communication technologies, and yet still occasionally find ourselves feeling lonely deep down inside? What if loneliness doesn’t emanate from the availability of people and things out there, but from a hole in our own hearts? Sometimes when cooped […]

The Arms of Compassion

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Have you ever noticed that it is easier to feel compassion toward a child and his or her mistakes than it is to feel compassion for an adult and his or her mistakes? Why is that? Have you ever found it easier to support someone who is crying than someone who is yelling? Why might […]

The Story of Stories

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Have you ever felt as if the stories you tell about your life somehow miss the true scope of what you have experienced during your days here on Earth? Have you ever felt as if the stories that others tell about you seem a bit more about themselves and their self-judgments than they are about […]

December

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Here’s to the darkest month of the year on this northern hemisphere of Earth. Here’s to the cold that drives us inside together on winter nights. Here’s to the dull sun that mildly lights our days so that we can keep our eyes wide open without sunglasses as we prepare for a new year. Here’s […]

Gifts in Disguise

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I took guardianship of my cousin when he was 14. He was going through a difficult time in life and had been held back to seventh grade for a second year in a row. I had just opened a middle school with a few partners, and knowing how bright and thoughtful my cousin was, I […]

Thank You

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A few days ago I was on a dawn hike, moving at a fair clip while pondering the sequel to The User’s Guide. I passed a fellow hiker, and soon heard her yell, “how dare you!” I turned to see who she was hollering at, and noticed that she was looking back at me, still […]

Our Birthright

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In the natural world, plants and animals are driven to live in peak condition as a matter of everyday adaptation and survival. Human beings are important members of this natural world. By birthright, we too are called to live in peak condition. We are called to cooperate with the various Earth systems and other living […]

How the User’s Guide Material Is Organized

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The User’s Guide To Being Human is organized in two books. Book 1—The Art and Science of Self examines eight arts for personal development. It guides the reader to make use of those arts through a “Personal Growth Project.” Book 2—The Art and Science of Connection examines eight arts for connecting with others and leading […]

Sailing the Seas of Prosperity

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What if prosperity is not something to be sought out there in the future? What if it is a frame of mind that enables us to tap an abundance of possibilities that are always flowing within and around us? I’ve recently discovered a remarkably simple way to hoist a kind of inner sail into the […]